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Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy (Level 3)

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

Retail and Commercial Enterprise
Retail and Commercial Enterprise

What will you be working towards?

Code NAP00024
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3


This apprenticeship will help you to develop the skills you have learnt as a junior beauty therapist to an advanced level. Covering a broad range of treatments this qualification will prepare you for a career as a professional beauty therapist. The apprenticeship will help you gain valuable work experience and obtain qualifications whilst working with an employer.


Apprenticeships combine on the job and off the job training. On the job, an apprentice will work with an employers mentor or line manager, learning the skills on site and working towards the competency element of the qualifications. Off the job, apprentices work with their assessor and have access to resources, such as a workbook, to ensure they learn the knowledge elements of the framework. If the required level of Maths, English and ICT qualifications have not been previously achieved or where qualifications are no longer in date, apprentices must also complete functional skill qualifications in these subjects. These would be completed through agreed delivery methods and support including classroom, distance learning, e-learning and assessor support. This pathway develops skills to allow junior therapists to advance their skills to cover the range of treatments needed for a career as a professional beauty therapists. Units you may study include: Ensuring your own actions reduce risks to health and safety Creating a positive impression of yourself and your organisation Promoting additional products or services to clients Carrying out client consultations Knowledge and skills in epilation Knowledge and skills in body massage Knowledge and skills in electrotherapy Pedicures and manicures Eyebrows and lashes enhancements Employability skills You will attend College one day per week to develop gain underpinning knowledge required for your framework components. Your employer will provide on the job training to develop your practical skills.

How will it be delivered?

The apprenticeship will primarily be assessed by direct observation of your work practice, oral questioning, written assignments, professional discussion, learning journal/diary and witness testimony. Your assessor from College will visit you in the workplace on a regular basis to support you throughout your apprenticeship. Functional skills are assessed through external tests. Where possible these tests will be taken on the day you attend College. However, you may have to attend on a different day subject to the timetabling of external assessments.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however GCSEs in English and Maths at grade 9-4 or A*-C are desirable. If you haven't already achieved a GCSE grade 4 or grade C in English or maths, then you will study either GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths alongside your other qualifications.

Your next steps...

This qualification will help you to meet the development and qualification needs to advance your career in beauty therapy. After completing your course you could progress on to study a degree in salon management, beauty promotion or makeup and hair design at university. Alternatively, you could progress on to a higher level apprenticeship. Studying beauty therapy could lead to a career as a salon manager, spa therapist, make-up artist, beauty therapist, product specialist, business owner and many other opportunities. You could work in a variety of locations including beauty salons, hospitals, care homes, cruise ships, spas and health clubs or work freelance.


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